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It's Crystal Clear I'm Falling for Jaci
on September 19, 2000
The latest release from Jaci Velasquez continues to stay true to her roots in Christian music but she has that pop inflection that makes her appeal to a wider audience. I suppose I am that wider audience since I am not necessarily a big fan of Christian music. I fell in love with Jaci because of Llegar a Ti, her Spanish language album. It has great Latin dance songs and moving ballads and that voice. That wonderful, "crystal clear" voice. In an age where female singers seem to show off their vocal acrobatics (see Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, etc.) Jaci's voice just flows naturally. There is no strain or struggle. It's truly a pure voice and a great instrument sorely missed from music today. Also Jaci appeals because of the messages in her music. How can one not be moved by You're Not There? It's message rings so true. We think of God being this distant figure when in reality he's inside of us always. It's truly a remarkable song. Check out You Don't Miss a Thing for the best uptempo track on the album. It's a dance song. It's really cool!!! Jaci's vocal talents are best displayed in Imagine Me Without You, Come as You Are, and the exquisite Just a Prayer Away.
Jaci's music transcends the label Christian music. Buy Crystal Clear if you want to be inspired by wonderful lyrics and an amazing voice.
I just hope we see another Spanish language album. Jaci won't abandon her Christian music roots for mainstream success. Let's hope she doesn't abandon her Latin roots either. Somehow I doubt she will!!
P.S. Jaci please stick with Rudy Perez. He is a great song writer and producer. The best songs on Crystal Clear are Rudy Perez songs.